The recently launched Microsoft Band 2 fitness wearable is scheduled to get a new update soon that will add a highly requested feature: music controls. It will also include some updated notifications and improvements for its Exercise Tile.
"The full-color touchscreen displays the song title and lets you pause and play, skip forward and back, and turn the volume up and down. You'll find the perfect tunes to get you in the holiday spirit this month with our new partner Spotify, but any music app you use on your phone connects to your new Microsoft Band through Bluetooth. Use your new Microsoft Band's music controls any time, whether you're working out or waiting for the bus."
In addition, the Microsoft Band 2 will be able to be set up to tell owners to get up and move if they have been still for too long. The Exercise Tile on the device will also get some new options:
"Select popular options, like yoga or weightlifting, or name your own. When you review your exercise sessions in the Microsoft Health app or Web Dashboard, your summaries and observations will be grouped by exercise type for better insights into your performance."
Finally, the Microsoft Band 2 will add a 'What's New' tile when new updates are available to give owners a heads up on new features. We will update this post when the Microsoft Band 2 receives this major update.
Note: Microsoft does not mention support for Band 1 in their announcement, but they do not say these are exclusive to the Band 2 either. We're trying to find out more.